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May 3, 2018


This is the final edition of The Update until the Fall 2018 semester. Good luck on finals and enjoy
your summer break!

Student Spotlight

Lives Transformed at Illinois

Lives Transformed at Illinois

College of Education students Anamaria Rosales and Jessica Weil are examples of #ILLINOIS2018 graduates who have had their #LivesTransformed while on campus. Anamaria is a first-generation college student who will celebrate convocation with a nearly 4.0 grade-point average. And Jessica transformed into a leader while at Illinois through studying in the college's learning and education studies major.

Discover the transformational stories of Anamaria and Jessica.


Not graduating? Send us your photos and personal stories relating how you spent the summer, and we'll include them in the August "Welcome Back" edition of The Update!


News to Use: Career Center Busts Myth on Correlation Between GPA and Employment

Scholarships and Awards

Discover Scholarship Opportunities in UK, Ireland
Today; 3-4 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore, Room 514
Join this event to discover scholarships that fully fund graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The informational session and application workshop is designed for juniors and seniors and will provide an overview of the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships. Eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for these awards will be discussed. Learn more...

 College of Education Commencement Ceremony

College of Education
Convocation Ceremony

May 12

Line-Up for Procession - Noon at Armory

Convocation Ceremony - 1 p.m. at Huff Hall

Tickets will not be required for the 2018 College of Education Convocation Ceremony, but registration is required to participate. Students are invited to join a celebration at the Education Building following the ceremony. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Learn About Management, Business Graduate Programs
Today; 2-5 p.m.
The Career Center at Illinois, Resource Center
Education students in the workplace training program of the learning and education studies major may be interested in attending today's drop-in session highlighting the business graduate programs and Master
of Science in Management program in the Gies College of Business. Students who discuss the areas of study with Jeff Yacup, the college's associate director for recruiting and admissions, will have their application fees waived if they decide to join the programs.

Students With Artistic Skills Needed for C-U Summer Camp
June 25-29
The organization One People is seeking volunteers to assist at its Summer Arts Camp. This is a great opportunity for students who want to share their artistic passion with youth in Champaign-Urbana. Beyond the art realm, other available volunteer spots include student coaches, food service help, and classroom management assistance. Learn more about the camp, which has a theme this year of "Nice," and sign up to volunteer.

Take UI Classes While Interning in Washington, D.C.
Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program that is open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, D.C., while taking university courses. This is an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while observing the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences of the nation's capital. Internships have included positions with members of Congress, political parties, think tanks, social justice organizations, and government agencies. Learn more...

Study Abroad
 College of Education students reflect on their study-abroad trip to Verona, Italy

Reflections from Students on Studying Abroad in Verona, Italy
College of Education students Claire Gerbasi, Leticia Angel, Priyanka Chaudhuri, Gabriella Mizgala and Rachel Daly (left to right in photo) recently returned from a study-abroad trip to Verona, Italy. Here are their collective thoughts on the experience:

If there is one thing we learned about teaching abroad, it's that the experience is entirely what you make of it. It was crucial to approach each day with an open mind and an eagerness to learn. Creative freedom is the name of the game. We worked with many students across grade levels during our time in Verona, and the experience was a refreshing change of pace. We discovered that working with students who are of a different culture from your own shifts your perspective on how schools are "supposed" to function. Read more...   

New Website Designed to Assist Students Traveling Overseas
Illinois International has just released a new website that provides detailed information, resources, and tips for students who are traveling overseas via University of Illinois study-abroad programs. The site covers university travel policies, provides training and resources for program leaders, and offers safety and wellness tips. View the site.

Happenings and Deadlines

Intro to Public Humanities Class Available This Fall
Co-taught by College of Education scholar Chris Higgins, the Introduction to Public Humanities course (GCL 199) will be available for students during the Fall 2018 semester. Four themes will be covered in the experiential, interdisciplinary class: attention (how is democratic life affected by a contemporary culture that divides, funnels, and captures our attention); avatars (how we relate to ourselves and others); voice (finding a meaningful voice in the dialogue of public life); and walls (scaling or dismantling walls within ourselves and groups). Learn more and contact Chris Higgins at for inquiries.


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